Encouraging a corporate open data culture

Introduction The Royal Society’s influential paper on the use and misuse of risk analysis asserts that “[a]ny corporation, public utility or government will react to criticism of its activities by seeking…new ways to further the acceptable image of their activities” (Pearce, Russell & Griffiths, 1981). In the past decade the timely availability of relevant dataContinue reading “Encouraging a corporate open data culture”

How does a ‘social science’ or ‘philosophy of science’ perspective on science and technology inform Web Science?

‘A Manifesto for Web Science” (Halford, Pope and Carr, 2010) defines the essential characteristics of this relatively new area of study; Web Science “must be a critical discipline” that “looks both ways to see how the web is made by humans and how humans are made by the web”. This broadly socio-technical approach is derivedContinue reading “How does a ‘social science’ or ‘philosophy of science’ perspective on science and technology inform Web Science?”

MSc Web Science – Week 18

Reading the paper [Albert Jone]/State Library of Victoria Collections © 2011/CC BY 2.0 It’s the first week of the new semester and the emerging theme is ‘reading’. Give or take a couple of titles, this is my weekend reading list: COMP6047 – Further Web Science Cabinet Office (2012) ‘Open Data: Releasing the Potential’, White Paper. Shadbolt,Continue reading “MSc Web Science – Week 18”

Open Access: it’s not rocket science

On the eve of his appearance to give evidence at the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee on Open Access in November 2013, OA Evangelist, Professor Stevan Harnad spoke about his concerns following the UK government’s’ apparent u-turn on Green Open Access. Acting on the Finch Report on Open Access to scholarly articles, the government (and Research Councils UK) had acceptedContinue reading “Open Access: it’s not rocket science”

Video – Stevan Harnad: OA isn’t rocket science

On the eve of his appearance to give evidence at the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee on Open Access in November 2013, OA “Archivangelist”, Professor Stevan Harnad spoke about his concerns following the UK government’s’ apparent u-turn on Green Open Access. Acting on the Finch Report on Open Access to scholarly articles, the government (and Research Councils UK)Continue reading “Video – Stevan Harnad: OA isn’t rocket science”

Speakerthon 2014: Reusing BBC audio

Last Saturday I attended Speakerthon, a collaborative web-enhancement event organised by BBC R&D and Wikimedia UK. The aim of the day was to interrogate the BBC Radio 4’s permanently available archive (e.g. The Woman’s Hour Collection), select clips of notable people speaking and add them to Wikipedia. Wikimedia UK’s Andy Mabbett thought up the idea and has spent the past 2 to 3 years convincingContinue reading “Speakerthon 2014: Reusing BBC audio”

With the ‘Cyborgs’ at Speakerthon

Speakerthon 2014 Collaged from works by Andy Mabbett, BBC and Tim O’Riordan ©2014/CC BY-SA 3.0 As a nascent Web Scientist the irony of a Dalek ‘guarding’ the entrance to this weekends’ Speakerthon event at BBC Broadcasting House in London, was not lost. Daleks represent a dystopian view of the ‘cyborg’, the twisted collaboration between organic and inorganic, a man-machine mashupContinue reading “With the ‘Cyborgs’ at Speakerthon”

MSc Web Science – Week 17

Mind the Gap!/ Endlisnis © 2007/  CC BY 2.0 Life and coursework got rather hectic around the middle of last semester, and something had to go, hence the gap in posts. Speaking of gaps, we had a MSc Supervisor ‘speed networking’ event last Friday where we had an opportunity to meet academics who were up forContinue reading “MSc Web Science – Week 17”

MSc Web Science – Week 6

Hearsay: A New Way to Acquire Categories/Cangelosi & Harnad, 2002 On Wednesday Cognitive Scientist Professor Stevan Harnad, a major thinker and strategist of the Open Access (OA) movement (Harnad, 1995) spoke to us about the potential impact of the Web on Scholarly Research in the form of “Open Access” and the twists and turns of OAContinue reading “MSc Web Science – Week 6”

MSc Web Science – Week 5

Day 305/ Emmadukew © 2013/  CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 This week there was a strike. Quantitative Research Methods We looked at the chi-square test, which is used with used with categorical variables. The chi-square test is unreliable with small samples and can only test for an association, not its direction. As a rule of thumb: don’tContinue reading “MSc Web Science – Week 5”